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Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice, B.A. / B.S.

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Criminal justice is a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of the causes, consequences, and prevention of crime. Clemson’s program provides students with the opportunity to study a variety of traditional and captivating topics such as organized crime, criminal evidence, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, criminology, and justice administration. The program combines this established criminal justice curriculum with additional courses in topics such as race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class and poverty, globalization, and social policy in order to address the increasingly complicated ethical and social issues facing criminal justice organizations today. Our students graduate from Clemson prepared for graduate study, law school, or careers in a range of criminal justice, social service, and human service professions.

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Criminal justice equips students with the specific skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level positions in policing, corrections, law, public service, and human services. The program also helps to develop more general critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in any profession. Our program prepares students for graduate study in fields such as law, criminal justice, and public administration. More specifically, our alumni have been very successful in obtaining jobs in federal, state, and local law enforcement, including positions with the FBI, U.S. Marshals, SLED, and numerous police departments across the nation. Our alumni also hold positions in education and public service and are accepted into some of the top law schools in the region.

Criminal Justice Major

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.  Our core curriculum provides students with introductory classes in sociology and criminal justice, as well as coursework in policing, corrections, and criminal evidence. The B.S. curriculum requires a two-semester sequence in research methods and additional math and science courses, which may be useful for students interested in pursuing the more technical fields of criminal justice. Students pursuing the B.A. complete a four-semester sequence in a modern language, as well as additional humanities courses, in preparation for careers that put them in frequent contact with the public. Our students also select a concentration in General Criminal Justice or Justice Leadership. General Criminal Justice students take courses designed to increase their awareness of the different causes and types of crime, while the curriculum for Justice Leadership students is designed to increase their understanding of the structure of the criminal justice system and strategies for providing leadership within it. Regardless of the specific degree path chosen, a criminal justice major provides excellent preparation for a career or graduate study in law, law enforcement, and a variety of additional fields.

General Concentration: With our general concentration, you will be able to pursue a science-oriented education while still selecting from a wide variety of course options.

Leadership Concentration: Our leadership concentration will prepare you specifically for leadership or management roles in your chosen career field.

Criminal Justice Minor

A criminal justice minor is an excellent choice for any student who desires to develop a nuanced understanding of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice minor allows students a great degree of flexibility to select coursework that meets their personal and professional goals. All criminal justice minors must complete JUST 2880, The Criminal Justice System, as well as twelve additional hours of criminal justice classes. At least nine hours of 3000 or 4000-level coursework must be completed.

For information about the criminal justice major or minor, please contact Dr. Marjie Britz or your academic advisor.

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
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